Thursday, February 17, 2022 – Missouri political news headlines

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The Missouri Times:  Schmitt endorsed by Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate

KC Star: Billy Long says Josh Hawley is a liar. Hawley says Long just can’t take bad news. (evade KC Star paywall via McClatchy DC site here)

SNL: U.S. Senate race roundup: Billy Long vs. Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz backs Eric Schmitt, PAC endorses Vicky Hartzler

Columbia Missourian: New RightPath PAC – with ties to Washington University in St. Louis – raises $2 million, says goal is to fix Missouri Senate “dysfunction”; Senate bill last session would have taxed university’s multibillion-dollar endowment

Columbia Missourian: Judicial commission postpones hearing on Senate districts

The Missouri Times:  Senate finds compromise to perfect Fast Track bill, first perfection of session for upper chamber

The Missouri Times:  Fashion faux pas leads to stripping of committee assignments for senator

Missouri Independent: After wearing overalls in the Missouri Senate, GOP lawmaker loses committee spots

St. Louis Public Radio: Missouri Senate committee restores funding for state worker raises — no minimum set

Columbia Missourian: Senators favor governor’s proposed pay plan

P-D: Missouri Senate moving to restore full raises for state workers

KC Star: MO Senate panel restores funds for Gov. Parson to give state workers a $15 minimum wage

P-D: Missouri Technology Corp. stops short of calling on Missouri leaders to restore its funding after dramatic cuts

Columbia Missourian: Initiative petition proposal advances despite Democrats’ criticism

P-D: Plan to improve Missouri’s initiative petition process draws heated debate

JCNT: Sen. Mike Bernskoetter (R-Jefferson City) seeks to fix ‘oversight’ in child sex crime punishment

The Missouri Times:  Federal government sues Missouri over controversial SAPA gun law

KC Star: Biden administration sues MO to overturn act that declares federal gun laws ‘invalid’

Midwest Newsroom’s Kavahn Mansouri, via KCUR: U.S. Justice Department sues Missouri over law restricting federal firearms laws enforcement

KCUR: Up to Date with Steve Kraske: “Freelance journalist” Sophie Hurwitz on why GOP legislation protecting women’s sports is “anti-trans”

KRES/KWIX (Moberly): Rep. Louis Riggs (R-Hannibal) wants standalone broadband development committee, gives update on funding

Columbia Missourian: Bill would create nursery for incarcerated mothers

St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis on the Air with Sarah Fenske: Post-Dispatch reporter at center of web app vulnerability issues wants official apology, questions Gov. Parson’s Christianity

Columbia Missourian: Democrats question Eric Schmitt over mask mandate lawsuits at budget hearing

Missouri Independent: Missouri AG says it’s not his job to clarify ruling’s impact on public health authority

Joplin Globe: COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue to drop throughout region

P-D’s Michele Munz: New study shows a significant increase in the risk of mental health disorders after COVID-19

JCNT editorial: Economic data shows Missouri gets back to work

KC Star editorial: Allison Onder and the conservative Senate cabal set a new low in Jefferson City

Joplin Globe editorial: Missouri proposal to defund Medicaid expansion is appalling

Washington Missourian editorial: Targeting Post-Dispatch reporter for web app vulnerability was political persecution

KC Star’s Derek Donovan: Vicky Hartzler attacks vulnerable trans athletes

Missouri Independent’s Jeff Smith: Missouri’s GOP Senate primary as a hand of Texas Hold ‘Em, part two: The flop

KC Star op-ed: Former Missouri Ethics Commission Executive Director Julie Allen: Missouri lawmakers, don’t put your partisan politics between voters and the ballot box

The Missouri Times op-ed: Rep. Dan Shaul (R-Imperial): Lessons learned: Charter funding equity is the right thing to do for Missouri students

P-D’s Jack Suntrup: Can schools require shoes? Rep. Peter Merideth (D-St. Louis City) dunks on Attorney General Eric Schmitt with question

P-D video: Watch Peter Merideth tell Eric Schmitt what’s what

Documenting COVID-19 project, sponsored by Columbia University’s Brown Institute for Media Innovation and MuckRock, via Missouri Independent: Derek Kravitz and Betsy Ladyzhets: Missouri plotting official ‘end’ to COVID-19 pandemic as soon as March, document says

Washington Missourian letter: New Haven man responds to editorial criticizing Schmitt for fighting mask mandates

P-D letter: Chesterfield sexagenarian says Gov. Parson’s opposition to mask mandates, and stance on DESE web app vulnerability case, show he’s not a true Christian

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